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    Question Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Between both of them, which do you think is most iconic?
    Let's discuss.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Billie Jean definitely, as soon as it starts you know what it is. I'd say it's probably a tie but to me Billie Jean is much more iconic.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    The song or the video? (By video, I mean the Steve Barron Billie Jean, not the Motown 25 performance)

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Billie Jean, the song that propelled him to megastardom.

    It is a great song, but the story behind it, how David Bowie and the head of CBS threatened MTV for not playing any Black artists videos and then MTV giving in and playing it, which instantly quadrupled Michael's potential audience, who saw the video and realised how great it was, the song, the dancing and the coolness of it all and then next thing you know, they wanted more. It also attracted many white and global fans in addition to his huge and mostly black fan base.

    Thriller on the other had is over long, a great video and he was pretty established when the single was released (Billie Jean and Beat it were #1) the album was diamond already and everyone had seen the moonwalk, also Say Say Say was about to be released and become another smash.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Probably equally iconic. Thriller is the most iconic music video -short film- of all time and Billie Jean is one of the most iconic performances, it's MJ's signature performance. Thriller was at its best as a live perfomance during the 88/89 leg of the Bad Tour. The amateur shot version from Wembley is the definitive version IMO.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    I think there wouldn't have been a Thriller short without the Billie Motown 25 performance. When it was aired the album sales skyrocketed and the King of Pop was born. That's why I believe Billie Jean and the first ever made Moonwalk are more iconic.

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    Thriller has become synonymous with Halloween also and every year people get together and perform it all around the world.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Thanks for the responses y'all.
    I just hate how I always forget to make these type of threads polls too.
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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    I think the music video (excuse me, "short film") is more memorable for "Thriller", but "Billie Jean" became known as Michael's signature song. His performance at Motown 25 set the standard for every attempt that followed it. Michael said at different times he'd wanted to do more with the song's choreography, but the fans kept expecting the Motown sequence.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Billie Jean. It was the song with the help of subsequent Motown 25 performance that propelled MJ to mega stardom. It made MJ the biggest pop star in the world and one of the most famous living people in the world. When Thriller came out, MJ was already the biggest popstar in the world.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Billie Jean at Motown 25 is hands down one of the most memorable moments of my life, so I would say it's definitely more iconic. It was an electrifying coronation and passing of the torch that he hasn't passed on to anyone yet and probably never will.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Billie Jean

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    ....I think it's Thriller.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Billie Jean as a song.
    Thriller as a short film.

    Actually it is well shown by the fact that on Spotify (audio only platform) Billie Jean is his most popular song.
    On YouTube it is Thriller.

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    Default Re: Billie Jean VS Thriller: which do you think is more iconic?

    Quote Originally Posted by respect77 View Post
    Billie Jean as a song.
    Thriller as a short film.

    Actually it is well shown by the fact that on Spotify (audio only platform) Billie Jean is his most popular song.
    On YouTube it is Thriller.
    Whilst Thriller shortfilm might be the more iconic of the two, the Motown 25 Billie Jean performance is probably one of the most iconic performances of all time, by any artist. So overall, Billie Jean has the edge over Thriller, both audibly and visually.

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